*During the Coronavirus outbreak and lockdown I am continuing to accept new clients. I have immediate openings for phone and video sessions and I would be honoured to support you during this time of uncertainty*
It can be so difficult to reach out for help when life is challenging. Often making that step and contacting a counsellor can be nerve wracking and daunting and maybe filled with questions such as 'What will they think of me?' 'What if they think i'm crazy?' or 'What if they don't even respond?' Sometimes, taking yourself beyond your comfort zone and seeking help can be an important part of the process of making changes and personal growth.
For me the most fundamental and important ingredient of effective therapy, is the relationship between you and your counsellor. For you to feel accepted and respected in a safe and empathic environment is key, which is why deciding on the right therapist for you is essential.
Looking at counsellors profiles on sites like this can be a little confusing, there are so many different therapists working in various ways, that choosing the right one is perhaps a challenge. For this reason, I like to offer an initial no obligation free of charge appointment. This 30 minute appointment allows for us to meet, for me to find out a bit more about what has brought you to counselling. I will also explain about the style of counselling I use, to see how that fits with your expectations and needs. From this meeting we can both decide if we can work together, if counselling feels like the right option for you and you feel comfortable with me as your counsellor.
Clients have described their experience of counselling with me as a place where they are free to be themselves. The acceptance and unconditional positive regard offered has allowed people to make positive changes in their lives.
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. Please feel free to contact me, regardless, I wish you health and happiness on whatever path your journey takes you on.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Access course studying Social Work, Psychology and Criminology
- BSc Psychology and Counselling Studies
- PG Dip Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Experience of working within colleges and schools
- Mental health mentoring within universities
- Group work, facilitating Emotional Resilience groups
- Four years counselling experience
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
During the Coronavirus outbreak and lockdown, I am continuing to accept new clients and am offering telephone and video sessions via Skype or Zoom during this time.
Initial consultation for 30 minutes free of charge
£40 per 50 minute session, payments can be made by BACS.
I offer weekday, evening and daytime appointments. Where possible I will always try to arrange appointments at a mutually convenient time.
About Person Centered Therapy
Person centred therapy was developed by Carl Rogers, in the 1940s. He pioneered this non-directive approach to counselling, which focuses on the ‘here and now’ principle, and encourages counselling clients to explore and create positive change for themselves.
Person centred counselling focuses on the personal relationship between a counsellor and client. The development of trust and understanding within this relationship encourages self-realisation, and enables the client to acknowledge the problems and issues they are disclosing, and to think up solutions, with gentle encouragement and guidance from the counsellor.
Working in a person centred way allows people to explore their thoughts, feelings and emotions in a confidential environment. It gives them the opportunity to express concerns and problems and to achieve clarity of thought.
Person centred counselling is a non-directive method of providing therapeutic support, and enables the individual to utilise free-association and free-thinking during disclosure. It is based on the humanistic philosophy that every individual has the ability to create a more positive, and satisfying, way of living.
Although counselling in a person centred manner does not have as much structure, as some other methods of providing counselling support, it is a highly effective way of encouraging personal growth and understanding in a client. It is a non-judgmental, non-directive approach to assisting the client to find personal solutions, and avoids analysis.
The benefits a client receives, from a counsellor during person centred therapy, include unconditional positive regard, empathy and genuineness. All of these things combined create a positive, firm foundation for a trusting counselling relationship between the counsellor and his/her client.
The main goal of any form of counselling therapy is to release the client from any emotional distress, mental confusion and/or limiting beliefs. Person centred counselling arms the individual with the opportunity to become more self-aware, and more in control of creating the sort of positive changes they want to see in their life.
A counsellor’s positive attitude is important in facilitating a progressive counselling relationship, and it is their job to encourage, challenge and support the client at all times. Demonstrating empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard, throughout the one-to-one counselling relationship with a client, will provide the client with understanding, clarity and support, in order to make steady progress to self-realisation.